Twanglish Lesson: Rared Back

Today’s Twanglish Lesson hopes to teach you the fine Southern art of slowing down and taking it easy. You might want to find yourself a nice porch swing and a cool glass of sweet tea, because the seats in this linguistic Camaro go all the way back.

Rared Backverb 1. Past tense of rare back; to recline 2. To recoil or lean back suddenly:

He rared back and busted his head on them collectible shot glasses.

-adjective 1. Reclined:

I’m rared back watching horse auctions on the RFT.

-adverb 1. In a rared back manner:

She was laying there rared back in my Z-28, drunk as Cooter Brown.

If you’ve never been rared back, than you’re not living in the right South. Sure, it may be hard to rare back in the bustling confines of Charlotte, Orlando or, God forbid, Atlanta, but we know a Real Southern Man can make it happen if he sets his mind to it. Or maybe you just need to load up the dogs, so to speak, and head out of town. When you find yourself in some quaint little village where there’s still a barber pole on Main Street and where the dogs don’t even hurry to cross the road, you know you’ve found the place. Find a feller in a rocking chair on his front porch out in front of his store, and ask him. He’ll tell you what being rared back is all about.

5 Responses to “Twanglish Lesson: Rared Back”

  1. Now see, I had always heard “rared back” used as a term denoting alarm or precipitous action, ie, “He rared back when he seen that rattler.” When I think of people rared back in rocking chairs, I think they’ve tumped over (another term for another day).


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